Circle of Hope’s Afternoon Tea Celebrating 15 Years of Hope

by | Sep 25, 2019 | Community

 Circle of Hope’s beloved annual Afternoon Tea returns October 12, to the Hyatt Regency Valencia! In concert with the nonprofit’s year-long anniversary celebration, event organizers are bringing back themes from the Tea’s previous fourteen years, providing guests with a wonderful array of seating choices. From the divine to the whimsical, decorators will offer tables designed around time periods, notable events, colors, world locations, famous twosomes, games, hats, etc.
Originally called the “Theatrical Tea,” Circle of Hope’s signature event began in the home of the organization’s founder, Colleen Shaffer. Colleen envisioned a fun, traditional tea in her backyard English Garden. Participants performed short theatrical skits, replete with costumes and props. Guests were treated to delectable tea fare, angel-card readings and handwriting analysis. The event was spread over an entire weekend and attracted ladies from Santa Clarita’s charitable community.
The Tea evolved over time, eventually outgrowing the English garden and moving indoors in 2013. The popular event discontinued the theatrical aspect and added a keynote speaker, seating for gentlemen and gluten-free offerings. In 2018, the Afternoon Tea moved to the Hyatt Regency Valencia.
Aside from three courses of delicious tea offerings, this year’s event will feature keynote speaker Melanie Meyer and entertainment by Lance Allyn. Title Sponsor Nola Aronson, of Advanced Audiology returns for her fifth year of supporting the Tea. Also returning this year will be Circle of Hope’s attractive silent auction and raffle. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on unique and exciting items while making a difference to the SCV cancer community. Look for exclusive and limited, surprise live auction items added to the fun!
“Many of our 30 tables are pre-sold to event sponsors and long-time table decorators,” explains Afternoon Tea Co-Chair Jill Bondy. “It’s always such a delight to see what our decorators come up with when interpreting our yearly themes.”
Long-running Presenting Sponsor Brighton Collectibles will be on-hand with this year’s “Power of Pink” charm bracelet, available for purchase both at the event and in their Westfield store throughout October. A portion of each collectible bracelet sale goes to help Circle of Hope’s breast cancer patients.
A limited number of tickets are available to the public, now on sale. Visit or call 661-254-5218 for more information.
Circle of Hope Inc. provides financial, emotional and educational support and supportive wellness therapies to those diagnosed with cancer in the Santa Clarita Valley. See website for details. Circle of Hope is a 501(c)3, #20-0680327. Visit



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